Tuesday, 24 September 2013

My Ex from Hell Blog Tour

My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy, #1)My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Book Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:

a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.

Literally.

This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.

Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.

Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …

… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.

My Ex From Hell is a YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Romeo and Juliet had it easy.

Lisa's Review - 4.5 out of 5 stars

Sophie Bloom is the best teenage character I have come across in a book yet! Not your high school perfect princess, she is full of attitude and quirks that make her not only sarcastically hilarious, but totally relatable to the reader. I was not the perfect teenager and sometimes reading some female teenager characters, I find them to be too 'good' to be relatable. Sophie is full of snarky quips and has some brilliant one liner comebacks that made me snort with laughter.

When faced with her identity as Persophene, the Greek Goddess of Spring, after kissing bad boy Kai, memories of her real past are awakened, and when your last memory is of being murdered in your Goddess form, it's not great. Sophie handles it all in her own sarcastic way, which makes the mix of the Greek mythology and teenage angst a really brilliant mix for a book. Sophie must save humanity in the war between Olympus and the Underworld, and as funny and interesting to read as the human, teenage side of the story is, throwing in the Greek Mythology makes an excellent read.

The characters are truly well written - not only is there Sophie's character of Peresephone, Kai is fascinating as Prince of the Underworld, and Hades plays a great role in the book, too. I am looking forward to reading the next instalment and having some more Greek characters in the mix, too.

After reading My Ex From Hell, I couldn't help but compare this to the Percy Jackson books, but I enjoyed this more and felt it was a better Greek Mythology book for teenage girls to read. The only downside I found to the book was that there were just a couple of times when I felt the story jumped from one place to another a little bit too quickly.

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